He is a young man, navigating career and relationship uncertainties, caught up in his own life. But a grudging afternoon visit in New York City with his grandmother will open windows to an untold family past – and a profound friendship with the extraordinary woman who will change his life. Finding Maria tells a story of love and discovery, of tragedy and growth. As they walk museums and see films, they talk about her younger years in Budapest, including stories of Holocaust survival and an escape from Communism, leading him to a deeper and more mature understanding of his grandmother, and himself.
This beautiful memoir calls us to ask, to learn, and to love … while there is still time. “Achingly beautiful. Finding Maria is a heartfelt, honest look at love and loss across generations of a family.” —Melissa Wuske, Foreword Reviews “This is a marvelous story that reflects upon the powerful rapport between grandson and grandmother and how that connection impacts the quality of life for both. What grandson and grandparent share in this story insures that the social isolation and loneliness that has become synonymous with many as they age is ened and a rich cultural history is passed on to a new generation captured through the appreciation for an ‘elusive chance for friendship.’ ” —Mark Meridy, Executive Director of DOROT